Image: 13 balloons filled with tobacco & hidden in visitor's bra (CSNSW)
A crackdown on contraband being smuggled into NSW prisons hasn't turned out well for a number of visitors over the weekend.
Three women, visiting separate prisons, have been caught trying to smuggle drugs found stuffed inside their bras.
Image: Tobacco & Xanax seized at Goulburn (CSNSW)
A male visitor has also been charged after police found four balloons of tobacco inside his socks at Goulburn.
Raids using K9 dogs were conducted at Silverwater Women's, Cessnock and Goulburn correctional centres, targeting inmates, cells, common areas and visitors with drugs, mobile phones and tobacco seized.
The contraband netted:
- Four mobile phones and three SIM cards
- 1.5g of methamphetamine
- Seven buprenorphine strips
- 268.35g of tobacco
- 36 Xanaz tablets.
Corrections Minister David Elliott says contraband is a constant challenge, "I’m absolutely appalled that this weekend’s searches resulted in four visitors facing charges of attempting to smuggle contraband into a correctional centre – essentially placing the lives of our staff at risk."
While Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin praised the work of staff, "CSNSW officers maintain a constant battle in staying one step ahead of inmates gaining access to illegal substances, and it doesn’t help that these visitors are recklessly disregarding the law."